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One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, I Am Legend regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. As Richard Matheson's third novel, it was first marketed as science fiction (for although written in 1954, the story takes place in a future 1976). A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else. Employing a stark, almost documentary style, Richard Matheson was one of the first writers to convince us that the undead can lurk in a local supermarket freezer as well as a remote Gothic castle. His influence on a generation of bestselling authors--including Stephen King and Dean Koontz--who first read him in their youth is, well, legendary. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The world's population has been obliterated by a vampire virus, though Neville has somehow survived. As he toils to make sense of it all and protect himself against the hounding vampires who seek out his life force, Neville embarks on a series of projects to discover the source of the plague and hopefully put an end to the vampires. In a tale that plays with the slippery slope of sanity, Dean makes the perfect choice for a narrator. His powerful performance proves chilling and haunting. As Neville teeters on the edge of sanity, Dean manipulates his tone, speed, emphasis and projection accordingly, making listeners tremble with his narration. While some might rebuke his narration for being too dramatic or providing too much interpretation, Dean's intensity adds to the book in a way that benefits listeners over readers. The visceral nature of his performance evokes the image of a foamy-mouthed Dean growling at a microphone with spittle flying. A Tor paperback. (Oct.)
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I didn't like it as much as my boyfriend did, we read to each other at night before bed. I didn't like how the story was written. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Darling
COMPLETELY different from the Will Smith movie. But I love it!Published 11 days ago by Katie Buchholz
I bought this book just for the story "I Am Legend" and it is much much better than the movie.Published 13 days ago by J.N.M.
I've seen all three movies based on this book, Last Man on Earth, Omega Man and I am Legend, glad I got around to reading the bookPublished 14 days ago by Uncle Jimmy
If you've seen any of the film adaptations (The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price, Omega Man with Charlton Heston, or I Am Legend with Will Smith), you obviously have some idea... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Michael A. Schmidt
My grandson had a school project that included analyzing principles of this book.Published 17 days ago by K. Porter